What is the benefit of switching from levodopa/carbidopa CR to levodopa/carbidopa IR in the treatment of Parkinson disease (PD)?

Updated: Jan 24, 2019
  • Author: Robert A Hauser, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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For patients on the levodopa/carbidopa CR formulation, switching to levodopa/carbidopa IR often provides a more consistent and predictable dosing cycle and allows finer titration. In general, smaller levodopa doses are administered more frequently. A dose should be sought that is sufficient to provide benefit without causing troublesome dyskinesia. The time to wearing-off then determines the appropriate interdose interval. The extreme of this strategy is using liquid levodopa, a solution with which the dose can be titrated finely and administered every hour.


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